Yesterday we learned one thing. While several women are approaching in, the crown of Constant Weight No Fins still belongs to it’s undisputed queen Sayuri Kinoshita.
Yesterday’s dive off for the gold medal between Sayuri Kinoshita and Amber Bourke came to an abrupt end with Amber’s early turn leaving Sayuri as the sole gold medalist. Yesterday also reminded us of the point system in freediving that gave a very different final result than just looking at the achieved depths.
Here is the complete podium.
Gold: Sayuri Kinoshita – Japan 70m
Silver: Sofia Gomez Uribe – Colombia 59m
Bronze: Jennifer Wendland – Germany 57m
Bronze: Jessea Lu – China 60m and 57 points
Let’s have a look a the dives from the top of the start list and down
Sayuri Kinoshita – Japan 70m
Sayuri breathed up, did her dive, breezed through the surface protocol and cashed in the gold. Not a sign of weakness or doubt from the queen. A very well deserved gold.
Amber Bourke – Australia 63m
Amber ran into problems in her decent, probably equalization, and decided to turn early at 63m, she made it back up and through the surface protocol but showing signs of hypoxia as she did so. But still a yellow card. As she announced 70m her final score is 63 for achieved depth minus 1 point for missing the tag, minus 7 points for the difference between 63 and 70m. Leaving her with 55 points and a 6th place, despite the fact that she did the second deepest dive in the competition. We focus so much on depth in freediving that we sometimes risk to forget that it’s actually the points that has the final word in this sport, not the achieved depth. It’s about knowing your limits and meet them.
Alessia Zecchini – Italy 65m
Alessia made a really strong dive but struggled to free the tag from the bottom plate. This probably triggered some stress in her as she grabbed the line for two pulls to get started with her ascent. The diver is allowed to grab the line only at the striped area above the bottom plate, often referred to as the “candy cane” by the athletes. Alessia grabbed with her second hand just over the very end of the candy cane leaving the commentators and viewers in doubt about the outcome of the dive. She did receive an initial white card upon surfacing, but that was later reversed to a disqualification after video review by the judges. A very unfortunate disqualification which cost her a possible overall gold medal in the championships.
Jessea Lu – China 60m
Jessea started her dive nice and strong, but seemingly unable to find perfect balance and relaxation in her freefall she ended up turning just short of the bottom plate at 60m depth. On ascent she showed clear signs of fatigue causing her arms strokes to become smaller and smaller as she approached the surface. She still made it through the surface protocol without any reals signs of hypoxia and was awarded a yellow card. It seems like her breath hold is stronger than her arm muscles. With her 60m she had a deeper dive than the silver medalist, but with the point system it brings her down to 57 points and a bronze medal.
Sofia Gomez Uribe – Colombia 59m
Sofia looked really solid in her dive and later commented that it felt very easy. She probably could have pulled off a deeper dive but looking at the final results she made a wise decision bringing her a new silver medal to add to her collection.
Jennifer Wendland – Germany 57m
Jennifer wasn’t on my initial list of high lighted athletes as I didn’t think her announced depth would make it to the podium. But I was wrong again. Jennifer looked very strong in her dive and swam all the way down to the 40s before getting into a relaxed freefall. Making it to the plate and back her 57m was enough for a bronze medal and a new National Record for Germany. Well done Jennifer!
Full result list below